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Snacks used to be those after-school occasions when children savored milk and cookies, or an adult grabbed an apple to tide herself over until dinner. Now snacks are edging in on meal territory, representing half of all eating occasions.

The reasons for this shift are embedded in U.S. food culture. People’s time — and therefore their traditional meals — have become increasingly fragmented, leaving snacks to carry a greater proportion of the physical, emotional, social and cultural desires people have around food, according to The Hartman Group’s 2013 report, “Modern Eating: Cultural Roots, Daily Behaviors.” For example:

  • 73% of snacking is physically driven: That includes 44 percent hunger abatement, often between meals, plus 15 percent nutritional support to recover from physical exertion or meet specific nutrient needs and 12 percent pick-me-ups for a burst of energy to combat lethargy or mental fatigue.
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Recycling cans, bottles, paper and plastic has become a no-brainer in households across the country as Americans and the towns they live in strive to grow greener. That said, what happens to the package at the end of its life is only one of several factors that go into a package’s sustainability score.

Food, beverage and consumer product manufacturers will cut about 4 billion pounds of waste from the packaging they generate between 2005 and 2020, according to a 2011 study from the Grocery Manufacturers Association, with a combination of efforts, including using fewer materials in the process, using more sustainable materials, and making more packaging that’s recyclable and that degrades faster.[…] Continue Reading »

To make products stand out on the grocery store shelf, food- and beverage-makers are investing in sustainable packaging that consumers can feel good about purchasing, both for its lower environmental impact and for its attractive, fashion-forward designs. And as packaging becomes almost as important as the product it holds, packaging design has been elevated to an art form.[…] Continue Reading »

SmartPulse — our weekly reader poll in Restaurant SmartBrief — tracks feedback from restaurant owners and managers about current trends and issues.

Last week’s poll question: Does your restaurant offer holiday promotions?

  • We always roll out holiday packaging and marketing — 24.56%
  • My restaurant adds seasonal menu items during the holiday season — 39.06%
  • Not really, but we always sell gift cards!
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SmartPulse — our weekly reader poll in SmartBrief on Restaurants — tracks feedback from restaurant owners and managers about current trends and issues.

Last week’s poll question: Does your restaurant offer any kind of reusable packaging?
All of our packaging is already reusable. — 26.23%
Not yet, but we’re researching our options. Green packaging is a great way to generate good PR and help the environment.[…] Continue Reading »